Bluefin tuna hooks

ny2sd

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Which hooks are recommended for sardine fishing for the bluefin tuna fishery that’s going on now?? Which company,, size ,, circle or j hook?? Thanks
 

James Taylor

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Capt Adam from the new lo-an recommended a 1/0 mutu for 100 lb sinker rig. I asked if it would hold under high drag and he said yea so Ive been doing that. For the 30 lb flyline setup I’ve been using a size 4 owner gorilla j hook. I just put it in gear and wait for the drag to start peeling and it always gets to the corner.
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Wahoover

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    Mustad UltraPoint 3X Livebait Hook size #1, ringed J hook for 30# flyline. Worked for me a few weeks ago. 1/0 or 2/0 circle for sinker rigs, mutus will work.

     
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    FishingFiend

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    My advice is to be mindful of what hook you have tied on. In some cases, the light wire hook now becomes the weak link. Lost 3 fish last week to hook failures, 2 Mustad Ultrapoints and a Owner Hybrid Mutu Ringed circle hook.

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    FishRock
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    Damn, damn and damn!!!!!!!! Must have been frustrating.
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    stuman
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    How much drag pressure did you have on those hooks? I'll have to test my old mustads.
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    RideHPD

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    Those Mustads in particular are pure trash. I pulled one nearly straight with 10, maybe 12 lbs of drag. Still got the fish, no idea how, the circle point was parallel with the shank, basically turning it into a longshank j hook.
     

    hucklongfin

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    I used those Mustad 2/0 a lot last year when the Sardines were small. I never had one bend or break and caught lots of fish. I guess I’m just lucky. Of course, I wasn't catching cows. They are a pretty thin wire!
     
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    hucklongfin

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    I've traditionally used Owner 2/0 Gorilla and Mutu's on long range trips. But, when I'm going after BFT and trying to use a stealthy hook, a bent piece of rebar isn't stealthy. Those Owners are beefy! The Charlie Brown's seem like a great middle ground.
     
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    Yellowtail Dan

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    I've traditionally used Owner 2/0 Gorilla and Mutu's on long range trips. But, when I'm going after BFT and trying to use a stealthy hook, a bent piece of rebar isn't stealthy. Those Owners are beefy! The Charlie Brown's seem like a great middle ground.
    “Bent rebar” I like that one. I may borrow it. The CB’s are a very good option
     
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    FishingFiend

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    What size line were you using?
    How much drag?
    TN16 with 30# fluoro for the broken mustad hook. Our theory, it was damaged by the deckhand while removing from a prior fish. Hence the clean break. Previous fish was about 75# landed on the same TN16 with 30#

    TN16 with 40# fluoro for the bent mustad hook. Hook failed during the vertical portion of the fight.

    Talica 16 with 50# for the bent Owner Mutu Hybrid. Failure occurred near gaff when applying close out pressure.

    As mentioned prior, these light wire hooks in a finicky bite become the new weakest link. Adjust your drag accordingly!

    To be fair, these lost BFT were in the 75#+ class. Nothing bad to say about Mustad or Owner, they got bit.
     
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    Mr. DRE

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    It’s a catch 22. Use smaller or lighter hooks and it increases your hook up ratio but also increases your chances of tackle failure. Use larger or beefier hooks and it decreases you hook up ratio when BFT are finicky but you increase your landing ratio. I base the hook on the amount of drag I’ll be fishing and the size of the bait.